New District 4 Judge: Judiciary Committee Approves Bill for 2012 Legislative Session Consideration

Wyoming State Senator Bruce Burns
Wyoming State Senator Bruce Burns

The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Judiciary Interim Committee approved a bill last Thursday in Laramie to bring before the Wyoming State Legislature next year that will allow for a second judge in District 4, encompassing Sheridan and Johnson counties.

Bill sponsor Senator Bruce Burns explains.

At their October 4th meeting, the Sheridan County Commissioners approved a $35,000 design contract with TSP for renovations to the Sheridan County Courthouse. That new area will accommodate an eventual second judge.

Burns says that the judge will operate primarily in Johnson County but will also hear cases in Sheridan County.

The judge will most likely work in Buffalo three days a week and in Sheridan for the other two, County Business Manager Renee Obermueller said following the Oct. 4 meeting.

The State Legislature will consider the bill early next year, and, if approved, the judge could begin hearing cases as soon as July 1, 2012.

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